Church of England failed child victims of sexual abuse while ‘colluding’ with disgraced bishop, report finds – The Independent

Posted June 23rd, 2017 in child abuse, Church of England, corruption, evidence, news, reports, sexual offences by tracey

‘The Church of England “concealed” evidence of child abuse by a former bishop stretching over two decades, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has said, following a major independent review.’

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The Independent, 22nd June 2017

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Stephen Lawrence murder inquiry: IPCC delays corruption probe – BBC News

Posted June 21st, 2017 in corruption, evidence, inquiries, London, murder, news, police by sally

‘An investigation into evidence given to the Stephen Lawrence murder inquiry will only be concluded after a separate corruption investigation is completed, the police watchdog has announced.’

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BBC News, 20th June 2017

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Recent Cases on the Braganza duty and the exercise of discretion: an intensification of scrutiny of the decision making process – Employment Law Blog

Posted June 16th, 2017 in contract of employment, evidence, news, remuneration by tracey

‘It used to be thought that in exercising a contractual discretion accorded to it, in relation for example to a bonus or a share plan, an employer could, so long as it addressed the matter honestly and genuinely, make subjective qualitative judgments which would only be reviewable if they were perverse or illogical. Braganza appears to have changed this.’

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Employment Law Blog, 12th June 2017

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Supreme court rules UK system for deporting foreign criminals unlawful – The Guardian

Posted June 15th, 2017 in appeals, deportation, evidence, human rights, immigration, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Home Office’s “deport first, appeal later” policy for removing foreign criminals has been ruled unlawful by the supreme court.’

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The Guardian, 14th June 2017

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35th Blackstone Lecture by Lady Justice Hallett: Trial by Jury – Past and Present – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘It is a pleasure to have been asked to give this year’s Blackstone lecture. Lord Devlin at the outset of his Hamlyn Lectures in 1956 observed: that trial by jury was a subject on which it was not possible to ‘say anything very novel or very profound’. If not a subject suitable for original comment, why did I choose it?’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 22nd May 2017

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CPS statement on election expenses – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Nick Vamos, CPS Head of Special Crime, said: “We have considered files of evidence from 14 police forces in respect of allegations relating to Conservative Party candidates’ expenditure during the 2015 General Election campaign.”‘

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Crown Prosecution Service, 10th May 2017

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Tory election spending: CPS announces it will not charge Conservative candidates amid campaign spending allegations – The Independent

Posted May 11th, 2017 in elections, evidence, expenses, news, political parties, prosecutions by tracey

‘The Crown Prosecution Service has announced it will make no charges against Conservative candidates who were alleged to have broken election spending rules.’

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The Independent, 10th May 2017

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Home Office scraps ‘insufficient evidence’ notification – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Suspects in criminal investigations will no longer be told by police they do not face any charges because of “insufficient evidence” the government has announced. It was responding to concerns that the phrase would cause an individual’s innocence to be questioned by the public and the media.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 21st April 2017

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Court of Appeal warns judges against interrupting witness evidence too much – Litigation Futures

‘The Chancellor of the High Court has urged judges to “temper eagerness with restraint” in the way they conduct trials, after a circuit judge was found to have made excessive interventions while witnesses were giving evidence.’

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Litigation Futures, 10th April 2017

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Thousands of domestic violence victims withdrawing from legal action after Government cuts, figures reveal – The Independent

‘More than 160,000 victims of domestic violence in England withdrew their support for charges against their abusers in 2016, a number that rocketed by almost 40 per cent compared with the previous 12 months, exclusive figures reveal.’

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The Independent, 9th April 2017

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Parents film children to win custody battles in bitter divorce cases – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 10th, 2017 in children, custody, divorce, evidence, news, video recordings by sally

‘Desperate parents are increasingly resorting to filming or recording their children in an attempt to win custody in bitter divorce cases, lawyers have said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th April 2017

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Judge rules ‘paedophile hunters’ can continue posing as children online – The Guardian

‘Self-described “paedophile hunters” have welcomed a court ruling that will allow them to continue to pose as children online to catch sexual predators.’

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The Guardian, 8th April 2017

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Rule committee backs moves to increase take-up of expert ‘hot-tubbing’ – Litigation Futures

‘Expert witnesses giving concurrent evidence – or ‘hot-tubbing’ – should be the default position in the Mercantile Court and Technology and Construction Court (TCC), the Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC) has suggested.’

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Litigation Futures, 4th April 2017

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Jeremy Bamber still waits for the evidence that might clear his name – The Guardian

Posted March 24th, 2017 in complaints, disclosure, evidence, news, police by sally

‘Thirty years on, Essex police continue to withhold crucial material related to one of Britain’s most infamous criminal cases.’

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The Guardian, 24th March 2017

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Benjamin King inquest: ‘Insufficient evidence’ against hospital – BBC News

‘Claims that evidence at an inquest into a baby’s death was deliberately falsified will not be pursued by police due to insufficient evidence.’

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BBC News, 20th March 2017

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‘Insufficient evidence’ to charge anyone over baby’s death at vicarage – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 21st, 2017 in birth, child neglect, children, clergy, conspiracy, evidence, inquests, murder, news, prosecutions by tracey

‘The Crown Prosecution Service has said there remains “insufficient evidence” to charge anyone over the death of a baby boy at a vicarage.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th March 2017

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Police body-worn video leads to domestic abuse conviction – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Police body-worn video evidence has been used to prosecute a man who assaulted a woman and a boy.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 10th March 2017

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Police destroyed key evidence in new Hatton Garden case because of time limit rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 3rd, 2017 in evidence, news, police, time limits, video recordings by tracey

‘Police destroyed more than 200 hours of CCTV footage which could have been used as key evidence to try a Hatton Garden burglar for his part in another high-end raid because of time limit rules, a court was told.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd March 2017

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Lawyer criticises child abuse inquiry for not safeguarding evidence – The Guardian

‘The national child abuse inquiry has been criticised by a prominent lawyer representing victims for failing to seize potentially vital caches of evidence before they are destroyed.’

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The Guardian, 2nd March 2017

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Domestic violence evidence requirement removed – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 28th, 2017 in domestic violence, evidence, legal aid, news, time limits, victims by tracey

‘The Law Society has welcomed the government’s decision to remove a time limit for evidence that will make it easier for domestic violence victims to qualify for legal aid.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th February 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk